Shipshape, Rafale Fashion

Rafale M maintenance procedures have been developed and refined over the programme’s lifetime, easing the challenges of maintaining the advanced jet at sea. Henri-Pierre Grolleau reports from Charles de Gaulle and Landivisiau naval air station.

Charles de Gaulle’s hangar, packed with Rafales, stores and equipment.
All Henri-Pierre Grolleau
Remotely-controlled electric aircraft tugs simplify operations below deck.

Since its service entry, the Rafale has impressed French officers and foreign observers alike with its extremely high availability rates during combat operations.

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